With a rich, creamy, peanut butter center, and a crunchy milk chocolate shell, these protein bars taste indulgent, while they are also good for you!Jump to Recipe
Made with banana and peanut butter, to really get a creamy center, these protein balls are only 81 calories each, 5 grams protein, 7 grams carbs, and 5 grams of fat.
Are protein balls good for weight loss?
While delicious and made with healthy ingredients, I honestly can’t say that protein balls are a good weight loss food. There are a few reasons why:
- They are TOO yummy!! It’s like eating candy. They are small, they go down quickly, and you’ll just want to eat MORE.
- Protein balls aren’t low in calories. I’ve tried really hard to make low calorie protein balls, and have been slightly successful (these are my lowest calorie protein balls here), but overall, the best tasting protein balls contain some sort of fat, like nut butters, that really bump up the calories.
- And finally, protein balls aren’t filling, so you’ll just want to eat a regular meal after you eat a bowl full of protein balls! Haha~!
So, why do I make them if protein balls aren’t good for weight loss?
- Well, protein balls are a great way to get some PROTEIN in for the day. I try to get 100+ grams of protein per day, and these are a yummy, indulgent way to do that.
- Everyone needs a treat! Truly, a treat that is also good for you is always my choice. I’d rather have a small indulgence every day like these protein balls, that won’t derail my weight loss journey, than eat a Crumbl cookie every day (1/4 of a Crumbl cookie is saved for every Monday though!)
So, if you are like me and need an indulgent treat, that ALSO has benefits like protein in it, you’ve got to try these Chocolate peanut butter protein balls.
How I made these chocolate peanut butter protein balls
This recipe is a little tricky, but not hard! All you have to remember is, the center is gooey! So, I scooped out the dough onto parchment paper into mounds with a melon baller, and I had to FREEZE the mounds before I dipped them in chocolate.
After frozen, they dip well and the chocolate hardens pretty quickly.
Once the chocolate hardens, sit them out for a few minutes and the inside will get nice and gooey, chewy, and delicious!
Store them in the fridge (*not the freezer) until you are ready to eat them.
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Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- 1 medium banana
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (30 grams)
- 66 small sugar free chocolate chips
- Mash the banana and mix in the peanut butter and protein powder. The dough will be soft, and you won't be able to make balls with your hands.
- Scoop out 1 tablespoon with a small melon baller or cookie scoop.
- Place scooped balls on parchment paper on a small cookie sheet and then freeze!
- ➡️You have to freeze the balls first in order to dip them in chocolate.⬅️
- After about 4-6 hours, melt the chocolate.Dip each ball in chocolate, covering all sides, and return tot he parchment paper. Put in fridge until chocolate hardens.
- Once your chocolate hardens, you can eat with your fingers, and the inside will be soft and gooey!!YUM!!!!
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